What are you really ‘selling’ as an Accountant?

By |2018-09-16T16:44:37+00:00September 18th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, sole practitioners, STANDING OUT, Starting out|

What are you selling as an accountant? This is a simple enough question, and knowing the right answer could make a profound difference to the success of your practice. Let’s start with what you’re NOT selling. As I explained in a recent blog post, You’re not selling your time. And you’re not

If you cannot ‘close the sale’ you’ll struggle to win new clients

By |2018-07-12T07:59:06+00:00June 12th, 2018|Accountants, Following up, Key Business skills, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Starting out|

In an ideal world, you would simply tell people that you are an accountant and your ideal prospects would then find you and ask to become your clients. Life isn’t like that. Even when these people do find out about your practice you need to have a process which brings them onboard

How to short-cut the Networking process

By |2018-05-22T23:06:51+00:00February 27th, 2018|Accountants, Networking, Reputation|

Networking is not for everyone. Whilst some accountants enjoy attending regular networking events, I regularly hear tales of woe from those who find it a frustrating waste of time.  There are also plenty of accountants who do not like the idea of chatting with strangers very appealing. You will rarely meet someone at a networking

Accountants CAN overcome a lack of inner confidence…..

By |2018-05-22T23:06:42+00:00February 20th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, sole practitioners|

All too often I encounter another accountant who is lacking in confidence. And this invariably holds them back from achieving the success they seek. Just last week an accountant emailed me back after receiving a message I'd sent out on a totally different topic. Included in her reply was the following: I know I lack

A quick five point plan to secure more referrals for your accountancy practice

By |2017-10-17T09:25:45+00:00October 17th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Marketing and promotion, Networking|

So many accountants tell me that most of their new clients come from word of mouth and client referrals. In most cases however this seems to be a function of luck rather than planned in any way. Have you ever thought about how you could make it easier for your contacts to know who would

Are technical skills enough for sole practitioner accountants?

By |2018-07-12T07:28:09+00:00July 13th, 2016|Accountants, Key Business skills, Networking, sole practitioners, Speaking skills|

Most sole practitioners are justly proud of their technical skills. It is also common to find that some sole practitioners undervalue the importance of ensuring that they have all the business skills they require to be profitable in the short-term and successful in the longer-term. At best only lip-service is paid to the development of non-technical

How to network without networking

By |2018-06-17T18:16:12+00:00December 3rd, 2013|Accountants, Conversational impact, Networking|

During the course of my career I have attended hundreds of events where professionals and business people could network. More recently, since I went freelance in 2006, I have also attended many more generic and local business networking events. These are very different and are more likely to attract some inexperienced networkers whose prime

Five ways general practice accountants can choose a niche

By |2018-06-09T18:02:56+00:00September 14th, 2012|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Starting out|

It is generally accepted these days that you will benefit more from advertising, marketing, networking and referrals if you focus on a recognisable niche.  Let everyone else continue trying to be all things to all people. But, if you are like most accountants in practice you don't think you have a specialist focus. You

What Networking IS and what it is NOT

By |2018-06-18T08:18:05+00:00August 2nd, 2012|Accountants, Networking|

At its heart, networking involves meeting up with people in the hope that you will build profitable relationships with them. The emphasis is likely to be on building business relationships but social and even romantic ones could develop too I suppose. Many of the same principles apply whether you are networking online or in

You have to use different bait to attract bigger fish

By |2018-07-09T08:45:03+00:00July 26th, 2010|Accountants, Conversational impact, Experience and expertise, Marketing and promotion, Networking, Social Media|

A sole practitioner accountant recently asked me how could he attract the 'bigger fish'? In effect he wanted to know how he could start to attract and win clients who would be prepared to pay bigger fees. He said he wants to more than double his average fee - moving from around £600 upto

The “you never know” syndrome

By |2018-06-17T18:21:49+00:00July 16th, 2007|Accountants, Networking|

I once worked with a guy (let’s call him ‘Sam’) who went to lunch with anyone and everyone; he attended more one to one meetings with other professional advisers than anyone else I have worked with. His intention was clear BUT the level of his work referrals never seemed to warrant the time and